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Early Care & Education Practice

A new textbook written for NFQ Level 5 Early Care and Education Practice (5N1770), introducing the legal and regulatory context required for ECCE practitioners to work effectively with children, their families and their colleagues in early childhood care and education settings in Ireland.

  • Presents the historical development of the ECCE sector in Ireland, outlining relevant legislation, policies, practices and procedures.

  • Details the rights of the child in the context of the ECCE setting.

  • Introduces practices and activities to promote equality and value diversity.

  • Describes various care and education routines, and how they are supported by administrative and operational procedures, such as daily logs, routines and record-keeping

  • Promotes the maintenance of a quality ECCE environment that complies with relevant regulations and standards.

  • Outlines the importance of effective communication with children, families and colleagues.

  • Explains the importance of self-awareness, effective interpersonal skills and self-reflection in order to work effectively as an individual and in a team in an ECCE setting.


Level 5 Early Care and Education Practice (5N1770), a mandatory component of the Early Childhood Care and Education major QQI award (5M2009)

Out of print



Publication Date

May 2013




Paperback, 256 pages

Country of Origin



Gill Education


Chapter 1: Historical Development of the ECEC Sector in Ireland

Chapter 2: Legislation, Policies, Practices and Procedures

Chapter 3: Equality and Diversity in ECEC

Chapter 5: The Childcare Professional

Chapter 6: Early Care and Education Practice (5N1770): Assessment Guidelines





248 x 190 mm


By Eilis Flood and Catriona Hardy

Availability Status

Out of print

Eilis Flood, MA, MEd, BSc, BEd, teaches a variety of Early Childhood Care and Education modules at Drogheda Institute of Further Education. She is the author of a number of textbooks, including Child Development FETAC Levels 5 and 6, Assisting Children with Special Needs and co-author of Early Childhood Education & Play and Early Childhood Curriculum FETAC Level 6.

Catriona Hardy, BSc, Advanced Dip Childcare/Montessori (3-6 and 6–12 years), teaches Childcare/Montessori Levels 5 and 6 at Drogheda Institute of Further Education and O’Fiaich Institute of Further Education, Dundalk. She is co-author of Early Care & Education Practice and Early Childhood Curriculum FETAC Level 6.

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